Wet/Dry Routes Chapter
Quarterly Newsletter
Vol. 6 "1999" No.1

     The winter meeting of The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter is scheculed for January 3,1999 at the Municipal Building in Kinsley, Kansas. The business meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by refreshments. The Program is slated for 3:00 p.m. will be presented by Jerry Thomas, Manhattan, Kansas artist, who is known for his series of Custer related paintings. More recently he has been painting the covers for the Kansas Series, books on the eight Kansas frontier forts written by Dr. Leo Oliva. Presently, he is conducting research in preparation for the painting of the Cheyenne/Sioux village west of present day Burdett, Kansas destoryed by General W. S. Hancock in 1867. Thomas will demonstrate his techniques by way of photographic slides which depict process from an idea for a painting to the finished product.

     The winter meeting is always well attended. Officers for 1999 will be elected and the Faye Anderson Award presented.

     Also, arrangements have been made for a demonstration of accessing The Wet/Dry Route Web Site at the Kinsley Library located next door to the meeting room. Librarian Rosetta Graff will host this event. Those who are interested are welcome to attend this demonstration immediately following the program. Larry Mix will be our guide for this session.

Fall Meeting
     The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter conducted its Fall meeting on October 4, 1998 at St. Joseph Parish Hall, Offerle, Kansas. Reports were given on the Web Site, the chuck wagon meal served at the Rendezvous, and the marking project. Approved were:
1. Guidelines for the Kansas History Day Award.
2. The purchase of a stone post and plaque to replace the original plaque placed on the building in Larned, Kansas that was recently razed.

     Discussion was held regarding the extension of the mailing list for the newsletter to museums and other organizations and the sale of additional T-shirts.

1999 Seminar Update
     Plans for the 3rd Annual Seminar to be conducted by The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter are progressing well. As reported in the Fall 1998 "TRACES", the seminar will focus on the Trading Ranches of the Santa Fe Trail. Also featured will be an art show with works related to the Santa Fe Trail and associated subjects. The Chapter will be pleased to showcase the art of Jerry Thomas, Manhattan, Kansas, artist, who has received national recognized for his Custer inspired paintings. Local artists will also paticipate. A special session will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. June 4 to allow attendees to enjoy the art. The trading ranche presentations will be conducted on June 5. Registration will be available on both dates. All sessions will be held at the Kansas Soldiers Home, Fort Dodge, Kansas. Future issues of the "TRACES" will provide further details of the seminar.

Dry Route Article to be Published
     Your editor has received notice that his article "The Dry Route Revisited" has been accepted for publication by The Overland Journal, the official newsletter of the Oregon/California Trails Association. Scheduled for Spring 1999, the article details the original path of The Dry Route to The Caches and the later course to the point one mile east of Fort Dodge, Kansas.

More Markers
     The markers removed along K400 east of Fort Dodge because of highway construction have been replaced. Also in this area and westward, the remaining markers which identify Camp Sites of the 1825 Santa Fe Trail Survey Team have been installed. In other marker news, the marker one mile east of Fort Larned damage by the high winds this past summer was also replaced.

New Members
     Douglas and Janette Marcy, Offerle, Ks.

     It was reported that Clara Lowrey, our Chuck Wagon chairperson, had back surgery on 12/23/98. She is at Wesley Hospital, 550 Hillside, Wichita, Kansas, 67214.

     The November issue of Folio printed some kind words about our Chapter's efforts.
     The Wet/Dry Chapter continues to get things done in a big way. Last year their seminar, "Murder on the Santa Fe Trail" brought more than 100 participants to Larned to learn more about the killing of Antonio Chavez near Jarvis (a coruption of Chavez) Creek. Now they have dedicated a new marker there, and hosted a marvelous seminar featuring such SFT stalwarts as Dr. Leo Oliva, Craig Crease, Dr. David Clapsaddle, and Dr. David Sandoval. (What? Nobody from Dingdongville?) Say, here's an idea. Maybe the national SFT and The Wet/Dry Chapter could switch places. Guess that wouldn't be fair to Larned.

Chief/Peace Marker
     Many writers, both 18th and 19th century, mistakenly identified significant wariors as chiefs. George Bent clarified this notion as folows:

     The whites have the wrong idea about Indian Chiefs. Among the Plains Indians a chief was elected as a peace and civil officer and there was no such office as war chief. What the whites call war chiefs were only warriors of distinction. Roman Nose was never a chief, and Red Cloud, at the height of his fame, was only a distinguished warrior. When he was elected chief he lost most of real power. Some of these so-called war chiefs were often headmen of the soldier societies, and when matters of importance came up the chief usually referred them to these warrior societies for settlement, and so they really had more power than the chief. But the Indian idea of a chief is not a fighter but a peace maker. About 1832 High-back Wolf, a great Cheyenne chief, ran out of his lodge to help some relatives in a village quarrel; he was stabbed to death. The Cheyennes said he deserved this; he was a chief and had no business to fight even in aid of his closest kinsmen.

     Life of George Bent Written From His Letter, P. 324

T-Shirt Project
     The Chapter is making plans to order a new supply of T-shirts. The original order has long since been sold. Ideas as to color, style, etc are welcome. Please convey your wishes on this subject to President Rusti Gardner.

Did You Know?
     At some unknown date, freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail began to utilized a practical addition. That invention was a steerhide strung beneath the wagon to haul fire wood should the caraban reached a campsite bereft of either wood or buffalo chips. This simple but useful accessory would later be adopted by cattle man for use with the chuck wagon. The cowboys called the steerhide a cuny, a corruption of the Spanish Cuba, cradle. A fitting title, the steerhide did resemble a cradle of sorts, suspended beneath the wagon box.

President's Message
     The Christmas holiday is now upon us and a New Year approaching. We, the Officers would like to take this space to thank each and everyone for your support, help and fellowship this past year. Without all of you this organization would not be as strong as we are today. Thank you and we are looking for another successful year.

Dues are always Due to the
Fastest Hand in the West

     Chapter dues in the amount of $10.00 per family, are due at the Winter meeting or may be mailed to Alice Clapsaddle, 215 Mann, Larned, Kansas, 67550. Checks should be made out to the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter. Dues and email addresses are welcome.
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